Alderman David Wootton became Lord Mayor and Chancellor on 11 November 2011 and was welcomed as Chancellor of the University on 30 January 2012.
Alderman Wootton, who served as Sheriff of the City from 2009 to 2010, was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge where he read Classics and Law. He became a partner at Allen & Overy in 1979, specialising in corporate transactions and best-practice compliance with law and regulation in corporate governance. This involved dealing with international mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and joint ventures.
He was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn in 2005 and was President of the City of London Law Society. He is Chairman of the City of London Branch of the Institute of Directors and an Honorary Bencher of Grays Inn. He is also a governor of several institutions including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, King Edward's School Witley and the City of London Academy Southwark. He is also a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the King's Fund, Chairman of the Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum and music patron of St Paul's Cathedral. He is married to Mrs Elizabeth Wootton and they have four children.